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Definition of clockwork noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • machinery with wheels and springs like that inside a clock clockwork toys (= toys that you wind up with a key) He is home by six every day like clockwork. working with clockwork (= complete) precision
  • Idioms
    (go/run) like clockwork
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    to happen according to plan; to happen without difficulties or problems The operation went like clockwork.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: clockwork

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